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Lanao del Sur COVID-19 infections hit record high in September

September 25, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Sep. 24 (PIA) - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Lanao del Sur is "on the uptrend with the highest number noted in September," according to Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) chief Dr. Alinader Minalang. Minalang said the province logged a total of 106 active cases out of the 555 confirmed positive cases as of September 23. "Ninety (90) percent (%) of the active cases are asymptomatic to mild while 10% are moderate to critical," he further said. Minalang added that Marawi City has the highest number of confirmed cases with 253, followed by Marantao (61), Malabang (20), Balindong (16), and Wao (15). Moreover, 70 or 66% of active cases are located in Marawi City while the other 36 or 34% are distributed in the 18 municipalities of Lanao del Sur. Meanwhile, 425 or 77% have recovered while 24 or 4% have expired as of September 23. In a virtual press briefing Wednesday, Minalang identified poor compliance to minimum health standards and behavioral issues such as lack of discipline, misconceptions, and misinformation as some of the possible reasons for the surge in cases. He reiterated his call to the public to observe and not take for granted the minimum health protocols. He said, "Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer; wear your face mask properly at all times especially when in public places; supplement with a face shield for additional protection to prevent the virus from entering your eyes, nose, or mouth; maintain at least 1.5 meters physical distance; and avoid crowded places where social distancing is not observed as well as social gatherings like weddings, parties, kanduri, among others." Minalang also reminded the public to stay away from fake news and to get the facts from health authorities only.   He further advised those experiencing fever, cough, colds, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, or have difficulty breathing to isolate from others and strictly observe minimum health standards. "Inform your doctor or any health worker immediately for a proper referral. Do not hide or deny your symptoms to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the community, he added. The IPHO chief emphasized that public cooperation and compliance to health protocols are necessary to control the spread of coronavirus infections and mitigate the catastrophic effects of the pandemic. (APB/PIA-ICIC)

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Bangsamoro gov't urges youth orgs to undergo accreditation

September 24, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Sep. 23 —The Bangsamoro Government is urging youth-led and youth-serving organizations within the Bangsamoro region to apply for accreditation at the Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC). Accreditation at the BYC serves as the organizations' legal identity and will open opportunities for the youth organizations to engagements and participation in development-related programs of the Bangsamoro Government and other development partners. The accredited organizations may also become beneficiaries of BYC development programs and humanitarian assistance. The BYC has accredited more than 200 youth organizations since it has started its accreditation in 2016. Right now, more than 120 organizations are under review subject for BYC's approval. A writing workshop for these organizations is slated to develop their skills in technical writing, message development and delivery, data gathering and analysis, planning and prioritization, and scientific knowledge for administrative staff, among others. "The accreditation will pave the way to more empowered youth organizations and skilled youth leaders through their partnership with BYC-BARMM and other non-government and civil society organizations and partners," BYC Chairperson Marjanie Macasalong said. The Lakas Kabataan Tawi-Tawi, an accredited youth organization based in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, was one of the 40 organizations in the province that benefitted from Lingkod Kabataang Bangsamoro, a Covid-19 response of the BYC to affected youth organizations. The humanitarian assistance has benefitted about 200 organizations across the region. The BYC and the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD)-BARMM will also roll out livelihood assistance to youth organizations dubbed 'Alay Kabuhayan Kontra Covid-19'. The accreditation is among the priorities stated in the Bangsamoro Youth Transition Priority Agenda (BYTPA) 2020-2022. The BYTPA is the Bangsamoro Government’s youth development agenda “that addresses peculiar social context, considerations, and conditions as well as the pertinent needs and challenges confronting the Bangsamoro Youth.” BYTPA 2020-2022 was drafted by the BYC along with other regional line agencies and development partners.  Macasalong said the youth agenda adheres to the vision, mission, and framework of the National Youth Commission’s Medium Term Philippine Youth Development Plan. The priority agenda was officially adopted by the Bangsamoro Government on September 12 during the regional celebration of the International Youth Day 2020 in Cotabato City. "The collection of good baseline data is important to be able to prepare a comprehensive and data-based youth development plan," Macasalong added. Youth organizations that operate outside the region were also encouraged to accredit their organizations. The application for accreditation will run until October 30. (BPI)

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BARMM health minister, 3 employees recover from Covid-19

September 22, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Sep. 17 (PIA) — Three (3) out of the 38 employees of Bangsamoro Government’s Office of the Chief Minister (OCM-BARMM) who were tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) have recovered. Bangsamoro Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) spokesperson Mohd Asnin Pendatun said Wednesday, September 16, via virtual press briefer, that the remaining 35 COVID-positive employees are currently in stable condition, and are undergoing strict quarantine in an isolation center in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. He also said that the Bangsamoro Government ensured families of affected employees were assisted. Meanwhile, Bangsamoro Health Minister Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan also recovered from Covid-19. In his official statement, Dipatuan said that he and his wife have been in the hospital for the past two weeks for isolation and treatment after testing positive for Covid-19. “We have already surpassed that challenge and are now fully recovered.” The said development is also due to the fast response of the Bangsamoro Government since news broke about an employee who tested positive for Covid-19 late August. This includes massive RT-PCR testing for its employees on September 3-4, 2020, as well as two-week disinfection inside the Bangsamoro Government Center in Cotabato City. With this, the OCM has resumed its operation and transactions with work shifting schedules for its employees. However, visitors are reminded to strictly follow public health standards, or they will be denied entry. “We advise our constituents to stay at home, unless it’s for essential or important matters,” Pendatun stated. “The OCM is asking our visitors to secure an appointment for their transactions. Since most of the visits are related to the AMBAG Program, we will answer transactions via online and phone,” he added. According to Pendatun, the first case in the OCM is not conclusively the reason for the sudden rise in the number of the affected employees for the reason that said the patient had no recent travel history nor any visit to a place with known local transmission. “We cannot conclusively trace that the first case was the reason why other OCM employees tested positive for Covid-19. However, we should always look at the health and recovery of our employees and our fast response through our containment strategy,” Pendatun noted. Furthermore, Pendatun noted that 53% of the total cases in the BARMM are Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs), while the rest are Returning Overseas Filipinos (3%) and through other transmissions (44%). As of September 15, 2020, BARMM has recorded eight (8) new Covid-19 cases, 215 active cases, 806 total cases, and 26 deaths. The new cases included five (5) from Lanao del Sur and Marawi City, two (2) from Basilan, and one (1) from Tawi-Tawi. (BPI/PIA ICIC)

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Army engineers fast track construction of permanent shelters for IDPs

September 22, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Sep. 17 (PIA) -- The 55th Engineer Brigade (EBde) of the Philippine Army is pushing for the completion of 50 permanent shelters for the internally displaced persons living in “no-build zones” inside the most affected area of the city. The 553rd and 551st engineer battalions under the said brigade are responsible for the construction of the permanent housing units in Barangay Kilala. LtCol. Elmer Oamil, deputy commander of the Joint Task Group Builders and commanding officer of 553rd Engineer Battalion, said  the army engineers initially constructed 11 housing units.  “Initially 11 units ang inumpisahan namin at ngayon 80 percent na. After macomply ang 11, we will again start 38 out of 50,” he said. [We initially constructed 11 units which are now 80 percent completed. After complying the 11, will again start 38 out of 50.] To recall, the Philippine Army through the 55th EBde inked a project partnership agreement with 12 homeowners associations (HOA) in the city for the site development and construction with funds from the Government of Japan through the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).  Oamil also shared that the rainy season and electricity interruption in the area cause delays in the construction. However, based on the assessment of the UN-HABITAT, the construction of the army is speedy.  The army official also reaffirmed their commitment to helping reconstruct and rebuild the city.  “Sa pangunguna ng aming brigade commander, Brigadier General Nestor Abando,  taos-puso naming ibibigay ang aming kakayanan para sa ikadadali sa rehabilitasyon ng Marawi City,” he said. [With the leadership of our brigade commander, Brigadier General Nestor Abando, we will lend our skills wholeheartedly to fast track the rehabilitation of Marawi City.] The National Housing Authority and Task Force Bangon Marawi acquired the land used for the construction of shelter units. The construction of other housing units in Barangay Mipantao Gandongan is also ongoing.  (LELA/PIA ICIC)

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Massive construction of infra projects in Marawi continues amid MECQ

September 22, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Sep 20 (PIA) -- The modified enhanced community quarantine status implemented here due to threats of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) did not hamper the simultaneous construction of infrastructure projects inside and outside the most affected area (MAA) of the city.  For infrastructures outside MAA, the construction of transitory shelters, Marawi Police Station, Salintubig water reservoir, correctional facility, transcentral roads, and permanent shelters are ongoing.  The construction of Philippine National Police - Community Police Assistance Center (COMPAC) 1 was completed in 2018 while the Marawi Fire Substation was completed in 2019.  Ongoing construction for remaining transitory shelter units in barangays Sagonsongan, Boganga, Rorogagus, and Dulay are ongoing and are targeted to be completed in November 2020.  Meanwhile, inside MAA, the rehabilitation of the Mapandi bridge was completed in 2019 while the Banggolo Bridge in September 2020. The construction of the maritime outpost was also completed in July 2020.  Infrastructure projects that are ongoing include Marawi Museum, four-storey school building, School of Living Tradition, Peace Memorial Park, Grand Padian Market, and barangay complexes in barangays Moncado Kadingilan, Tolali, Lumbaca Madaya, Datu Naga, Sangkay Dansalan, West Marinaut, South Madaya, and Dansalan. Task Force Bangon Marawi chairman Secretary Eduardo D. Del Rosario on Sunday reiterated the commitment of the Task Force to complete the rehabilitation of the city within the term of the president. “With regards to Marawi, I reiterate that we will finish the rehabilitation of public infrastructures within the term of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. This is in compliance with the specific instruction of the President who said ‘I will see to it that Marawi will rise as a prosperous city again’”, he said. The TFBM chairman emphasized that the massive rehabilitation and reconstruction works inside and outside MAA continues along with the provision of livelihood support and financial assistance for the affected families.  TFBM is composed of 56 government agencies implementing various projects, programs, and activities for the rehabilitation of the city and the affected communities.  The construction of the infrastructure projects is funded through the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management – Marawi Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Program. (LELA/PIA ICIC) 

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Project TABANG starts 2nd wave of Covid-19 relief aid in Ranaw region

September 22, 2020

MARAWI CITY, Sep. 22 – Project TABANG or the Tulong Alay sa Bangsamorong Nangangailangan has allotted 300,00 sacks of rice for Marawi City as it started its second wave of relief operation to residents affected by the coronavirus crisis in the Ranaw region. As of September 21, a total of 13,912 sacks of rice were already distributed to 22 barangays in Marawi, including in Barangay Sagonsongan where internally displaced persons from the Most Affected Area (MAA) during the Marawi siege are sheltered. The beneficiary barangays also include Bito Buadi Itowa, Bito Buadi Parba, Bubong Lumbac, Bubong Pagalamatan, Bubonga Punud, Emie Punud, Miphaga, Rorogagus East phase 1 & 2, Rorogagus Proper, Somiorang from Cluster 6; Bangco, Cabasaran, Dulay Proper, Dulay West, Lilod Guimba, Malimono, Matampay Kormatan, Pantaon, Papandayan, Papandayan Caniogan and Tolali from Cluster 7. Members of the Parliament (MP) in Ranaw region, headed by Deputy Chief Minister Aleem Ali B. Solaiman, led the said relief operation in the city. Solaiman was represented by Salahudin Bin Hamza, head of Project TABANG’s Ranaw Region Management Team and chief-of-staff of MP Abdullah Macapaar. “This Covid-19 crisis will not hinder us in helping our fellow Bangsamoro people. Project TABANG has allotted 300,000 sacks of rice to Marawi and will deliver them to each barangay,” said Bin Hamza. Bin Hamza and his team led a house-to-house distribution on Monday, September 21, to 2,500 families in barangays Matampay and Tampilong. Each family received 25 kilos of rice. “Malaking tulong ang rice assistance na ito. Nakakapag-pagaan sa pasanin ng mga mamamayan na dulot ng health crisis na nararanasan ngayon,” said Matampay Barangay Chairman Mohammad Jaafar C. Casanguan. Matampay barangay local government unit (BLGU) and barangay peacekeeping action team (BPAT) also assisted during the relief operation. TABANG’s second wave of relief operation in Marawi is on top of Bangsamoro Government’s other assistance in keeping with its commitment to assist its constituents during the pandemic. (BPI/PIA ICIC)

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